Citizenship ceremony in Iqaluit

Yesterday I went to a citizenship ceremony at the Service Canada building. I was joining with my friends from the community choir of which I am a part, to sing for another member who had just passed her citizenship test.

As many of the buildings are not clearly marked and addresses are meaningless. The addresses are based on which order the houses/homes/dwellings were built. This means that you could have building number 6 beside building number 157 or 2008. It is interesting, as the directions I was given to find the building were- it’s across from where you get your liquor license. Not very helpful as I have not purchased a liquor license and it makes me somewhat worried about the alcohol consumption by the other members of the choir. : )

I made it to the building and after the presentation of the certificates to 25 new Canadians, we all joined in song in singing our National Anthem. It was an amazing experience, as our representative senator  Dennis Patterson wearing a seal skin vest spoke to the assembled people. Lieutenant governor Nellie Kusugak  also had interesting stories to tell of people who came up to Nunavut and stayed to become Canadian citizens and also family members. The ceremony took place mostly in English and French with a few words in Inuktitut.

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Wouldn’t be Canada it there weren’t any Mounties.

 

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Sealift containers

The another ship arrived(the second last of the season) two weeks ago. They had a large load of sealift crates  which one can contain in many cases large Costco orders. Items such as laundry detergent, tires, toilet paper, pet supplies, canned goods and loads of pop are popular items to order and have shipped, as the combined costs do not come close to the costs in the stores in Iqaluit.

For instance…a package of bacon costs approximately $15.00 and a large coffee creamer $19.96 (Ottawa price around $5.50). A dozen cans of coke can cost up to $26.00. Most things I can live without as they are not on my list of good staple foods, however one starts to miss things  when they are not readily available with cost being a big factor. May sound crazy but it’s true. All of a sudden I’m craving rum and coke- go figure!                                                                                                                                              IMG_2082sealift crate being moved

Starbucks in Iqaluit- not really roughing it anymore!!

Can you believe that we have a Starbucks in Iqaluit? Yes we do! Our Starbucks is on the Plateau which is where some of the ‘posh’ people live but it’s always an adventure to see how the other side of town lives. They have to climb and descend the most difficult to hill in town to get home. It is the ultimate in workout hills and I am glad we don’t have to tackle this hill in the winter (unless we really need Starbucks), as I have heard that it is very challenging. Why would anyone build a road with such a steep and straight incline where one has winter weather for such a long time during the year? I mentioned to a teacher at the High school, that it would be fun to test out a GT racer going down the hill, as the High school is almost at the bottom of the hill. The only issue with that is the main road which crosses before reaching the High school…Probably not the best idea I have ever had…but timing is everything at that critical conjunction.DSC05815